Furcifer tuzetae

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Furcifer tuzetae
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Chamaeleonidae
Genus: Furcifer
F. tuzetae
Binomial name
Furcifer tuzetae
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  • Chamaeleo tuzetae
    Byrgoo, Bourgat, & Domerque, 1972
  • Furcifer tuzetae
    Glaw & Vences, 1994

Furcifer tuzetae is a species of chameleon that is endemic to Madagascar. It is only known from its type locality, Andrenalamivola near Befandriana Sud. It was described by Édouard-Raoul Brygoo, Robert M. Bourgat and Charles Antoine Domergue in 1972. The International Union for Conservation of Nature have rated this species as "data deficient".


The specific name, tuzetae, is in honor of French parasitologist Odette Tuzet (1906–1976).[3]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

Furcifer tuzetae is found in Madagascar. Its type locality is Andrenalamivola (Befandriana Sud).[2] Furcifer tuzetae is known from an area of dry forest; it might occur in gallery forests.[1] Only a single specimen of the species has been collected in Andrenalamivola, although it may be found elsewhere in Befandriana Sud, where there is a large area of suitable habitat.[1][4] The species was rated as "data deficient" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as not enough data have been collected.[1] It is likely that the population of the species is declining because it has only been found once, despite multiple surveys being carried out to find the species. It may be affected by the slash-and-burn method of agriculture and logging for charcoal.[1]


Furcifer tuzetae was described initially by Brygoo, Bourgat and Domergue in 1972 under the name Chamaeleo tutzetae.[2][5] It became known as Furcifer tuzetae when Glaw and Vences transferred it to Furcifer in 1994.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e Jenkins, R.K.B.; Andreone, F.; Andriamazava, A.; Anjeriniaina, M.; Brady, L.; Glaw, F.; Griffiths, R.A.; Rabibisoa, N.; Rakotomalala, D.; Randrianantoandro, J.C.; Randrianiriana, J.; Randrianizahana , H.; Ratsoavina, F.; Raxworthy, C.J.; Robsomanitrandrasana, E. & Tolley, K. (2011). "Furcifer tuzetae". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2011: e.T176320A7217945. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2011-2.RLTS.T176320A7217945.en.
  2. ^ a b c d "Furcifer tuzetae | The Reptile Database". Reptile-database.reptarium.cz. Retrieved 2012-11-11.
  3. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Furcifer tuzetae, p. 269).
  4. ^ "Furcifer tuzetae - Overview". Encyclopedia of Life. Retrieved 2012-11-11.
  5. ^ Klaver, Charles J. J.; Böhme, Wolfgang (1997). Das Tierreich - The Animal Kingdom: A Characterization and Compilation of the Recent Animal Groups. Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter. 91 pp. (Furcifer tuzetae, p. 21). ISBN 978-3-11-015187-9. Retrieved 11 November 2012.

Further reading[edit]

  • Brygoo ER, Bourgat RM, Domergue CA (1972). "Notes sur les Chamaeleo de Madagascar, C. tuzetae n. sp., nouvelle espèce du Sud-Ouest ". Bulletin du Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, Series 3, 27 (21): 133-146. (Chamaeleo tuzetae, new species). (in French).
  • Glaw F, Vences M (1994). A Fieldguide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar, Second Edition. Cologne, Germany: Vences & Glaw Verlag / Serpents Tale. 480 pp. ISBN 978-3929449013. (Furcifer tuzetae, new combination, p. 253).